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Research & Development

Research and Development
Research and development is the cornerstone of CECID's work. Two competitive advantages of CECID are our market relevant products and pioneer knowledge, to facilitate the adoption of e-commerce technology locally and globally. Our current R&D initiatives are Project Phoenix, Project Pyxis, Project Elf, Project Plumber, Project Spinner, Project Prom, Project Falco, Project Chameleon , Project Hare, Project Portimizer and Project Acturus.

Our Model
CECID has an R&D model similar to that of leading technology firms. In the early stage of R&D, our R&D prototypes are deployed in industry projects. New ideas, user and system requirements, and problems discovered from the pilot projects are fed back to the development team. This quick development-deployment cycle is iterative. Our products are developed according to practical requirements. By the time our products become mature, we also have disseminated our R&D results to end users through different pilot projects.

Our Research Direction
Our research team has been developing advanced XML solutions for industry since 1999. Specifically, we conduct our research and development based on international open standards such as: ebXML, Web Services, Universal Business Langauge (UBL), RosettaNet, Core Component Technical Specification, etc. Besides, we participate in prominent open standards bodies, like Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), Rosettanet, and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Through participation in these standards consortiums, we are one of the early adopters of relevant e-commerce standards and a contributor to the development of e-business process standards.

Besides open standards, we believe open source is a promising way to accelerate e-commerce technology development and adoption. Hence, we donate source code of our R&D products to the open source project development community such as Freebxml. Our objectives are in two-folds. Firstly, free source code allows end users to freely adopt and experience e-commerce. Secondly, free open source projects enable software vendors and system integration companies to jump start their development and services based on e-commerce open standards.

Open Source Support by CECID

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